On Sep. 20, 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that ACMT has been awarded a $500,000 2-year grant to expand the integration of substance use disorder (SUD) education into the standard curriculum of relevant healthcare and health services education programs. This grant is part of SAMHSA’s Program Expansion of Practitioner Education (FOA No. FG-19-001). The stated purpose of this grant program is to develop high quality, comprehensive curriculum on identification and treatment of SUDs. Curriculum must include 1) screening, including screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) strategies; 2) assessment; 3) treatment principles and their application, particularly with regard to alcohol, marijuana, stimulants, and opioids. The goal of the program is to expand the number of practitioners to deliver high-quality, evidence-based SUD treatment.
ACMT’s accepted proposal is titled: “Frontline: Training Emergency Medicine Residents and Medical Toxicology Fellows to Effectively Screen, Assess, and Treat Patients with Substance Use Disorder.”
During year one, ACMT will pilot this curriculum at the following eleven emergency medicine residency programs with the following ACMT site leads:
- Emory University (Joseph Carpenter, MD)
- Georgetown University (Maryann Amirshashi, MD, FACMT)
- University of California at San Diego (Daniel Lasoff, MD)
- John Hopkins (Andrew Stolbach, MD, FACMT)
- Spectrum Health/Michigan State University (Bryan Judge, MD, FACMT)
- Rutgers University (Lewis Nelson, MD, FACMT)
- University of Pennsylvania (Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT)
- University of Pittsburgh (Anthony Pizon, MD, FACMT)
- University of Rochester (Timothy Wiegand, MD, FACMT)
- UT Southwestern (Kurt Kleinschmidt, MD, FACMT)
- Washington University (Evan Schwarz, MD, FACMT)
In year two, ACMT will add ten additional emergency medicine residencies to this program.
A requirement of the grant is to develop and implement exam questions related to SUD on licensing and certification exams. ACMT has partnered with the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) to develop a plan to meet this requirement.
The ACMT PI on this proposal is Executive Director, Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT. Tracy Kolian, MPH, Director of Strategic Innovation and Funding, led the grant writing team with Paul.
Recognition by SAMHSA of Medical Toxicology and ACMT in awarding this grant is an important milestone to greater recognition by our specialty.
We will keep you updated on this exciting activity and ongoing opportunities for member participation and engagement.
We also received a congratulatory letter from US Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ).